2 More People Charged in Voter Fraud Investigation

Darrel Schueler of Coralville scans his drivers license using a new scanning system before voting in the primary election Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Kate Wickham Elementary School in Coralville. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two more people face charges as Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's crackdown on voter fraud continues.

A Melbourne man is charged with election misconduct and fraudulent practice. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 53-year-old Nickie Dean Perkins registered and voted in the November General Election though he's a convicted felon. He was charged March 5. A hearing is set for April 1.

His attorney, Mark Olberding of Nevada, says Perkins thought his voting rights were restored. Olberding says Perkins cast a provisional ballot in November but it wasn't counted.

Authorities also have charged 64-year-old Jesus Castorena, of Hampton, with perjury for claiming on 2010 driver's license and voter registration applications he was U.S. citizen. He had been deported to Mexico in 2007.

An arrest warrant has been issued.

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